Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Pollan Family Table at OWL

 The Pollan Family Table

An Author Talk with the Pollan Family

Thursday, April 23 ~ 7:00-8:00 p.m.

 In The Pollan Family Table: The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom for Delicious,

Healthy Family Meals, readers will delight in a bounty of more than 110 time-tested

family recipes, cooking techniques, and pantry wisdom for delicious, wholesome,

and harmonious family meals from the incredible Pollan women - mother Corky and

daughters Lori, Tracy, and Dana - with a foreword from Michael Pollan, whose

bestselling books have shaped our culture and the way we think about food.

This stunning and practical cookbook gives readers the tools they need to

 implement the Pollan food philosophy in their everyday lives and to make great,

 nourishing, delectable meals that bring families back to the table.

A wine & cheese reception will follow the event.

The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.

All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.

Space is limited. Registration is required.

or call 860-567-8030.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Northwest Conservation District Plant Sale

A perennial favorite in Litchfield County is the Northwest Conservation District Plant sale, held April 24-26th at the Goshen Fairgrounds in Goshen, CT. Hours are
Fri. 9–6, Sat. 9-4, Sun. 10-3

You can download and pre-order plants for pick up or you can walk into the sale and browse the many plants offered.

A variety of shrubs, trees, ground covers, edibles all suited for our area of Connecticut will be offered for sale..

For more information, click here.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Goshen Library Event

Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Series

2nd & 4th Mondays at 4 PM

at the Goshen Public Library

The Goshen Public Library will be hosting the

Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Series

this year from January through April on alternate Mondays at 4 PM.  

This year's topics include: Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Age,

Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Towards Africa,

Syria's Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, and Brazil's Metamorphosis.  

Though we think it is wonderful to have participants come to all discussions you can come

to just select meetings depending on your interests.  This year we are also considering

having a second group if there are interested participants who cannot make it to

Mondays at 4PM - so please call and leave your name regarding a second group time.

Monday, April 6 ~ 4:00-5:30pm

Monday, April 20 ~ 4:00-5:30pm

Course books are published by the Foreign Policy Association and cost $20 each.

 Each session will include a short video clip by subject specialists (produced by FPA)

and group discussion time based on the articles that participants read prior to class.  

This is an excellent time to learn about current events and meet new people.  

The Goshen Public Library has been serving the residents of Goshen

and the surrounding communities since 1902.  

The Library can be found at 42 North Street in Goshen CT 06756.  

Call to register for the class and to reserve a book at 860-491-3234.  

The complete list of class dates will be available

at our website:

Thursday, April 2, 2015

5 Ways to Give your Home a Spring Makeover

The official start of spring is finally upon us! As any remaining snow and winter blues melt away, it’s time to begin thinking of ways to put the vibrancy of warmer days and radiant sunshine back into your life—and your home.  Embrace the freshness of the season by following these 5 simple home adjustments and additions that can make a big difference in not only the physical appearance of your home, but also your overall outlook of each and every brightening day ahead.     
1. Freshen Up
With spring comes a fresh start—the opportunity to make a few changes in your home.  Whether rearranging furniture, adding new pieces of furniture or making slight alterations as simple as varied patterned pillows or bedding, switching things up has the ability to create new and improved moods in nearly every room.  House Beautiful Magazine advises filling your walls with different artwork or brightly colored wallpaper that you would normally be hesitant to try.  Other suggested ways to highlight the increasingly radiant days include moving towards lighter color schemes by painting walls, or perhaps even your home’s ceilings, with bold, springy shades. The addition of new “breezy laundry” or “citrusy” scents, established with candles and other fragrant household items, is also recommended.

2. Bring the Outside In
As the weather continues to grow warmer, budding flowers and signs of new life are rapidly emerging nearly everywhere you turn.  Spring means flowers, sweet scents and lively colors, so why not bring these treasured natural elements of the season into your home for an even more welcoming atmosphere?  House Beautiful Magazine urges homeowners to go find those fun vases that are hidden away, and fill them with life from the garden.  From large leaves and palms to blooming buds with great, natural aromas of spring, flowers and other plants have the ability to transform an entire room environment.  Of course, flowers also serve as the perfect centerpiece for dining room and kitchen tables.  HGTV highlights the special qualities of floral centerpiece arrangements in bloom, and encourages interested “spring cleaners” to use unusual containers for display such as water pitchers, teacups or even teapots.  This tactic allows for a bit of the decorator’s personality to shine through along with the impressive hues of springtime flowers.

3. Tidy Up
Whether you want to admit it or not, perhaps the most obvious part of preparing your home for the spring is cleaning.  A great place to start is by tackling those kitchen counters and stainless steel appliances.  In an article on spring cleaning tips and advice, House Beautiful Magazine points out the importance of maintaining tile and wood flooring care, freshly washed walls, clean carpets and even polished silver.  In terms of organization, closets and bookshelves are normally the main spots that need the most attention, in addition to the entryway, which should be extra spotless, as it sets the initial welcoming tone for anyone visiting your home. To make this process just a little less daunting, Real Simple Magazine shares a few cleaning shortcuts that are sure to have your home sparkling and gleaming in no time!

4. Change the Attitude
It’s a fresh start! Lifestyle changes can be quite simple if strategically made a part of your life at home.  Houzz proposes creating spaces for specific uses, such as an area for special coffee breaks, as well as a peaceful retreat for reflective writing, meditation and other activities ideal for unwinding from typical stresses of the day.  Other ways to embrace positivity in your home include stopping to enjoy the views of the beautiful outdoors from your windows, or occasionally trying out new recipes for a relaxing dinner at home. And don’t forget—use your nice household items now! There’s no reason to wait for a special occasion to use that beautiful china set or your good silver when you can make every day more pleasurable by keeping your favorite things on hand.

5. Find What’s Right for You
There’s no denying it—spring cleaning can be intimidating.  Instead of trying to do it all, which often ends unsuccessfully, it’s important to pick a cleaning approach that fits your level of motivation.  Even if you only decide to tackle one main task, your home will be that much more improved and ready for the spring.  In a Houzz article on choosing your own spring cleaning plan, creating themes is a recommended way to achieve your cleaning goals.  Want to get rid of that clutter or dust, maybe spruce up those carpets or face the bathrooms head on? The chances of achieving at least one of these main goals are high, and in return, springtime spirits will be high, too.

Happy spring, happy cleaning!